Doomsday Clock #9

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 6, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 57
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9.2User Rating

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The critically acclaimed series by master storytellers Geoff Johns and Gary Frank reaches its most shocking chapter yet when the DC Universe collides with its greatest threat: Dr. Manhattan. But nothing is hidden from Manhattan, and the secrets of the past, present and future will rock the very foundation of the DC Universe.

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 6, 2019

    For anyone who was waiting for this series to pick up, this is absolutely the one comic youve got to pick up this week. This is the big sweeping DC epic we were promised and Johns, Frank and Anderson deliver big time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Mar 6, 2019

    Enough ranting. Go buy this comic Its great! Oh and Ferro Lad is the new Happy Face with a blood stain. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Mar 7, 2019

    For as long as I have been reviewing comics, I dont believe I have not given a perfect score. Im reluctant to do it since everything can be improved to some degree. But Im happy to say, I feel like I have to give this issue a perfect score, it was excellent. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Mar 6, 2019

    I don't have a negative comment to make about this issue, or this series as a whole. The month of May, and Doomsday Clock #10 cannot come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Mar 6, 2019

    I have to say that this is probably one of the best issues so far. It gives the readers what they wanted in terms of there being a fight between Dr Manhatten and the DC Universe, but it also propels the many Superman Theory story forward as well. Gary Frank’s art is phenomenal in this issue and I do think that it makes it well worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Mar 9, 2019

    With three issues remaining, Johns has indeed ratcheted up the stakes as the series makes its way ever so carefully near its close. The truth about why Manhattan meddled with the DC Universe is finally set to be revealed within the next chapter, leaving fans to salivate for the next two months after such a huge payoff. Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Mar 6, 2019

    Doomsday Clock continues to silently be one of the best titles that DC puts out. Sadly, issues come out so few and far between that it is hard to keep readers engaged. However, I am hopeful that after the collection, and threads can finally have an impact on the DC universe as a whole, people will re-examine this fantastic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Mar 6, 2019

    As we head towards the finale, Doomsday Clock goes to more epic heights. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Cody White Mar 11, 2019

    Doomsday Clockticks closer to midnight as the heroes of Earth come face to face with Doctor Manhattan.Doomsday Clockis an epic superhero story for the ages. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 6, 2019

    With art that will blow you away, this installment of the Doomsday Clock lived up to the personal hype I had after last issue and Geoff Johns just keeps wowing me with the way that he plots and writes our heroes.  Everything feels big and even the smallest parts of this issue come off as important.  This is why I read comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Mar 8, 2019

    Avoid spoilers at all costs but make your way to your local comic book shop to grab this one now. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Mar 6, 2019

    Wow… after 8 issues, I was not expecting this turn of events and while most of the clues have fallen into place with answers, there's still a few more left such as the Justice Society of America, the Legion of Superheroes and what is Superman's final role in the Doomsday Clock. With three more issues to go, I'm eager to see how it all pans out and writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank should be commended on delivering an impressive issue with great writing stellar art. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Mar 7, 2019

    What began as a slow build is now just an outright steamroll towards a finale. There are so many moving parts, but at least two of them presented themselves in big ways. The payoff is here and the cork can't go back in the bottle…not that we would have it any other way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Mar 12, 2019

    Doomsday Clock #9 is one of the most impressive issues of the story thanks to Johns' characterization of Manhattan and Frank and Anderson's artwork. The battle between Manhattan and the League will probably go down as one of the most memorable events in comics this year, but the movement in the story places some compelling pieces down in the puzzle. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Mar 8, 2019

    With amazing, layered art, with a plot that revels of the structure of confrontation, debate and contrast, "Doomsday Clock" #9 is a must-have book. Read Full Review

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    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Mar 8, 2019

    We are given a hint at a showdown between the two Supermen: which will destroy the other? Read Full Review

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    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 6, 2019

    DC superheroes, by their very nature, expect you to take that core concept at face value. Johns' only solution to that problem is to take the outside stakes of Watchmen - the political hopelessness, the specter of war and terror - and graft them to the hyperreality that the Justice League already inhabits. For some, this might be seen as overly bleak or overly embracing of superheroes' action-heavy aesthetics. But whether or not you appreciate the face of the clock, it's hard not to appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into finding out what makes Doomsday Clock tick, as Johns and Frank show a deliberateness that goes into every single piece of the machine. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Mar 7, 2019

    The heroes of the DC universe finally face off against Doctor Manhattan in an issue that brings many of the book's plot threads together. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 6, 2019

    Taking one of the few Jewish heroes at DC and making him a conspiratorial mastermind " not great. But even with quibbles like this, the sheer craft that goes into every issue of this book is staggering. Let's hope the next issue doesn't take another three months. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Mar 6, 2019

    Doomsday Clock #9 delivers on multiple fronts, with a huge cast of characters confronting a long-awaited antagonist, but yet more is still to come, which leaves you wondering just how it's all going to tie together in the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 6, 2019

    Doomsday Clock continues to be grade A comic book storytelling. That said, when you take into account the series as a whole I'm not sure how palatable the series is panning out. There's clearly a grand plan, but that plan is so boisterous in its approach it's hard to take in each issue and appreciate it. Still, there's no doubt in my mind this is some of the best comic creation today. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 12, 2019

    Again, it's a solid issue with what it does and as it puts us into the next phase, but it's also an echo of works past in some ways with obvious twists. It reads well, has some neat nuggets, and looks gorgeous, but it still feels hollow after far too long of a road to get here, one that was more complicated and messy than it needed to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 11, 2019

    I'll keep reading, but I can'texactly recommend this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Mar 6, 2019

    DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9 brings a handful of memorable moments to the table, even if they are not necessarily enough to change the tide of the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 6, 2019

    Doomsday Clock #9 features a fun superhero showdown alongside dark new developments for the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Mar 7, 2019

    There is no questioning the level of craft that has gone into each and every issue of Doomsday Clock. As issue nine shows this is a series of some of today's best creators doing some of their best work. With that said it is a series that always feels at a distance to not reveal its true motives quite yet. For those hoping to see the pacing pick up this issue accomplishes that feat and with only three issues left the final act is beginning to take shape, and you get the sense major ramifications lie ahead for all of DC comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Mar 8, 2019

    A spectacular fight scene, but limited plot development. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 6, 2019

    The issue is a pretty standard one with a confrontation, punch before knowing everything, and various other tropes. It's also the first issue where everything begins to come together and become much clearer. It's the beginning of the end but there's clearly more twists and turns to come in the next three issues and questions we've had since Rebirth look like they're finally going to be answered. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Mar 6, 2019

     Less focused than other chapters, but still a gripping story.  Gary Frank is clearly relishing the opportunity to draw such a huge cast of DC characters, and that alone is worth it.  The story is approaching the final quarter of its rich, dense narrative, and if nothing else I never regret reading and reviewing it.  While this issue had a few narrative contrivances and wasn't quite as clear in its trajectory than others, it's still a perfectly readable issue.  Here's to hoping that the whole series comes together in the end. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Russ Burlingame Mar 6, 2019

    This is a watershed issue for the series; it is at once the thing so many fans wanted to read, and the thing that a vocal minority of readers were dreading. For that reason alone, it is worth reading, as it represents at once the best and worst of Doomsday Clock's potential. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 11, 2019

    This issue feels like it should be the beginning of the end, the culmination of what this series has been getting at since the beginning, but it's still unclear what's going on or even whether this book is relevant any longer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Darkseid24 Mar 6, 2019

    Loved this issue. Dr. Manhattan finally is more in the center of the story& him fighting the league was satisfying to watch. He’s just really cool. I hope DC doesn’t kill him at the end. Can’t find anything negative here. Story& art are great& have to say Johns is doing a pretty great job writing Watchmen characters. It’s definitely been worth the wait, So guess we will get the next one in two months or something like that, but with this story I can be patient.

    The variant cover is pretty cool.

  • 10
    Danny Mar 5, 2019

    Non-spoiler review...

    Issues 1 - 4 = Act 1
    Issues 5 - 8 = Act 2

    Welcome to Act 3, where Dr. Manhattan and every DCU hero imaginable (not exaggerating) head to Mars (not a spoiler since it's in the variant cover) to confront him. Some of you who are die-hard DC fans are going to get emotional, I think. I mean, these are heroes you love and have a deep attachment to. So when you see them confront Dr. Manhattan--a force that's beyond them, beyond any superhero universe, hell, beyond US--you KNOW that a fight ISN'T going to win the day BUT a conversation: One with Dr. Manhattan and (you guessed) the Man of Steel; and by the issue's end that pillar becomes erected. And to give you an idea of the scope of this issue: W more

  • 10
    Samuel Almeida Mar 6, 2019

    DAMN this book is good!!! If Mister Miracle was the new DC classic from last year, this time we have Doomsday Clock! Geoff Johns's writing has been on point since issue #1! The man is a genius and he knows everything about the DC universe! Hes a DC treasure that i wish will take a looong time before retiring.
    Also, ive been feeling bummed out with the delays but im glad Gary Frank is having enough time to draw the book. Hes also doing an amazing work! He and Geoff are like a power couple in comics. Everything they touch becomes gold!
    Great writing and art, All of my favorite heroes together, mistery, chaos, hope, things that are more complicated than just "heroes punching bad guys". Thats the book for me!

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  • 10
    Linkush Mar 6, 2019

    Every month I'm amazed by how good this series is.
    Literally, the only "bad" thing I can say about this series is that it takes a lot of time for each issue to come out. But damn it's worth the wait every single time.

  • 9.5
    Nihilist Mar 6, 2019

    This issue is as perfect as one could possible be, I guess. The climax has begun, and I think I understand why it works so wondefully - because it has proper setup. That's what I missed in No Justice, Heroes in Crisis or even Dark Nights Metal - they started with a bang, and we, the readers, immediately were put in the center of the action. Here, Johns took his sweet time to set the story up - slowly, cautiously, laying down layer after layer of character development, unraveling mystery, or, to be precise, multiple mysteries, as well as building up the enormous tension and actual stakes. It's not a shallow and boring publicity stunt like Heroes in Crisis, and it's not a clearly rushed and underwritten event like No Justice. It does what Moo more

  • 9.5
    mrDovydas Mar 6, 2019

    After 14 years of waiting, we finally are able to read this issue, and damn it was worth the wait. Both Johns and Frank are at the top of their game, with so much happening. Things are still building, but it's happening, at last. And that one scene where all the heroes are attacking Dr Manhattan? Loved it. This is why I fell in love with comic books.

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  • 9.0
    waltgator93 Mar 6, 2019

    Amazing issue! Great dialogue and artwork! Johns does a great job at the 9 panel page. Think by now he is just showing off. May not be my favorite issue but surely is an issue that I thoroughly enjoyed!

  • 10
    Andrea D’Alò Mar 6, 2019

    The only thing thing I can say is: read it.
    Doomsday Clock is a Masterwork by two masters of the comics industry; Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

  • 8.5
    egon244 Mar 6, 2019

    "I've done more for the world anyway"

    I don't know if we get to see the final issue before the world goes to hell but every chapter of this series has been worth the wait. Not a single one disappointed and this one continues that trend.

    After the disastrous developments of issue #8, it is time to see the consequences of those events and witness the world in disarray.
    Superman is in a coma, Batman is wounded and the entire Justice League is on its way to Mars to confront the Man Without Pants himself. And it's here, on the surface of the Red Planet, where both Geoff Johns and Gary Frank let loose. THERE IS SOOO! MANY! PEOPLE! HERE! Well, most of them are people. The League, the Lanterns, Shazam family, the Outside more

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Mar 6, 2019

    This was good. I wasn't wowed by it like I was with the last few issues. In fact, the pacing here was a little bit frustrating. All this issue did was give us more questions. I enjoyed it for what it was. I liked seeing the DC heroes fight Doctor Manhattan, but with the delays and all, this series needs to pick up the pace. I can only get but so excited when I know I'm not going to get answers for a while. Also, this means nothing because he has two lines in the entire book, but I really hate how Constantine's dialogue is written here. Like, it distracted me so much. Took me right out of the issue.

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  • 10
    #DontGiveDivasAChance Mar 6, 2019

    How good this book is makes the delays more painful

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    Comix4fever Mar 6, 2019

    It’s... incredible.

  • 9.5
    bucswin611 Mar 6, 2019

    Wow - this is why I read comics. Since DC's Rebirth, everything has been building to this issue, and the visuals (sure to create MANY lock screens on reader phones) are all-timers. If only it were truly monthly, but the trade of Doomsday Clock will be a must-read for anyone who has ever picked up a floppy.

  • 9.0
    ohhaimark Mar 9, 2019


    -Gary Frank's art was really cool here. He shows off his variety and talent in how he can draw so many characters to perfection.

    -I thought the opening to this comic was really cool.

    -Those silent "Crisis" pages were neat. Also, seeing the Doom Patrol was awesome.

    -This issue did a pretty good ob of showing the aftereffects of last issue's ending. Especially those pages with Lois.

    -Firestorm remains one of the series' strongest characters.

    -Those scenes between Luthor and Lois were great.

    -Geoff Johns did a great job characterizing Dr. Manhattan this issue.

    -I actually lugged at a couple parts. One was the Shazam family's reaction to seei more

  • 9.0
    MyNameIsNotJohn Mar 6, 2019

    This is a huge comic we're reading, huge.

  • 7.5
    MKW69 Mar 6, 2019

    Issue is chaos, but entertaining Chaos.

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    axdn Mar 7, 2019

    This is a game changer!

  • 10
    Azrael Mar 10, 2019

    I expected this issue to be good and it did not disappoint. Even exceeded expectations and is probably the best issue on the series thus far. The showdown is well worth the long wait it takes for these issues to be released.

  • 9.5
    RiggyBobby Mar 9, 2019

    As Patrick Star once put it "THINGS ARE GONNA GET CRAZY"

  • 9.0
    SONOFBATMANN Mar 6, 2019

    "We've beaten armies of evil ring slingers lookin' to enslave us, burned up batmen from alternate realities tryin' to torture us and spanked super-brats out to destroy us."

    "It feels good to still learn."

    "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for crisis."

    And thus, Act Three of Doomsday Clock has gone off with a bang. Wonderful writing and wonderful art as usual.

    Besides the delays, I do have some problems with this issue that bugged me:

    1. Three pages wasted to showcase characters: Don't get me wrong, Frank's art is stellar. But with the delays and the fact that we have three issues left means that every page should be used to its full potential. Maybe some text-bo more

  • 6.0
    Big Brother Mar 6, 2019

    It's an unfocused retread of Infinite Crisis.

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  • 5.5
    Spacey Medicine Mar 13, 2019

    Was there really a need to bring everybody to this space party? Did we really need the non-powered punchy types up on Mars?

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